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Rafael Robb has asked for funds to use as living expenses when he is released. 

Photo: Matt Rourke / The Daily Pennsylvanian

A former Penn professor convicted of killing his wife was denied early release from prison by the state parole board on Monday, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Rafael Robb, who taught economics at Penn, was convicted in 2007 for bludgeoning his wife Ellen Gregory Robb to death on Dec. 22, 2006 as she wrapped Christmas presents. Authorities said the attack resulted from an argument over their daughter Olivia's travel plans, and was further motivated by Ellen's plans to divorce Robb at the time.

Robb was sentenced to 5 to 10 years for his crime. He will be serving a full 10 years in prison as a result of Monday’s early release denial.

Robb will also have 10 years of supervised probation after he serves his prison term.

Previously, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas denied Robb’s plea to prevent his wife’s family from accessing over $3 million in his assets and retirement benefits accounts. The money was awarded to his daughter, Olivia.

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